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Cedar Rapids police warn of utility bill scam

Insulating tape and rubber hose at the top of a lightning arrester protect the Alliant Energy substation on C Avenue NE from damage by animals in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Insulating tape and rubber hose at the top of a lightning arrester protect the Alliant Energy substation on C Avenue NE from damage by animals in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is warning area residents of a scam claiming to seek electricity payments.

In an email from the department, officials said they had been notified by an Alliant Energy representative that someone has been calling area residences claiming to be with the utility. The caller claims the individual has an outstanding bill and will shut off power to the residence unless it is paid.

The scammer then provides a 1-800 number and, upon calling, a recipient claims to be an Alliant Energy employee, the email states.

Alliant Energy officials advise customers this is a scam and they should not provide personal information or complete any money transaction over the phone.

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